Mar 03, 2011
THE OFFICIAL FERTILITY STATUES TOUR OF 2011!
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! – the global authority on the weird, strange and bizarre – is taking the Fertility Statues out on tour again throughout 2011. Two authentic African fertility statues, which 2,000 women believe may have helped them become pregnant,will be in display in the lobbies of several of our museums, FREE OF CHARGE!
A Little History
The five foot tall wooden statues were acquired from the Baule people of the Ivory Coast of West Africa and within a year of going on display at Ripley Entertainment’s head office in Orlando, Florida, 13 office staff and visitors became pregnant.
Following a three-year world tour in the late 90s, the company received more than 2,000 letters from women who had become pregnant shortly after touching the statues – even though many had been told by doctors they would never conceive.
The good news for any would-be mothers, the statues are now back on the road and have arrived at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum in Orlando Florida – ready and waiting to be touched. They are in the lobby and may be visited and TOUCHED completely free of charge. Ripley’s Orlando is open from 9:30 a.m. to midnight, 365 days a year.
The mystery of the fertility statues became apparent shortly after Ripley’s acquired them in 1993 from the Ivory Coast of West Africa. They were placed in the lobby of Ripley’s corporate headquarters in Orlando, and within months, 13 women – including staffers and office visitors – became pregnant. The only thing they had in common was that they all had touched the statues.
Since then, the statues have drawn tens of thousands of visitors around the world. Some people are very serious about touching the statues, strongly believing in their powers to help them conceive. Others want to avoid touching the statues – for the very same reason!
Over the years, Ripley’s has been flooded with responses from people who say the statues helped them get pregnant – including many who had been told by doctors they would never be able to conceive.
Frances Schauwecker says she is now pregnant after visiting the statues at Ripley’s Hollywood Odditorium – after 12 years of not being able to get pregnant.
Rachel Taylor was told by doctors that she would never be able to conceive. Willing to try anything, she flew halfway across the country to visit the statues at Ripley’s Wisconsin Dells Odditorium. Against all odds, she became pregnant in August of 2010 and is now the mother of a baby boy, Max.